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March 23, 2015

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4:30 PM | fyeahscienceteachers:whatshappeningtothekids:Another...
fyeahscienceteachers:whatshappeningtothekids:Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby’s belly for solid foodThe moment of birth marks the beginning of a beautiful, lifelong relationship between a baby and the billions of microbes that will soon colonize his or her gastrointestinal tract.In a study published today in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC College of Arts and Sciences found that a baby’s diet during […]
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4:16 PM | jfleck’s water news – are we over we overreacting to California drought?
Succeeded in hitting my Monday morning target for this week’s water news. One of my readers complained that I’m writing too much to keep up with these days (I’ve got a lot of ideas, which I bake halfway and then slop onto Inkstain. You’re my test market.) The newsletter was an attempt to provide a ...Continue reading ‘jfleck’s water news – are we over we overreacting to California drought?’ »
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3:57 PM | Tesla Introduces Whole-Home Batteries
It’s easy to imagine your clock, cell phone, or cordless screwdriver running on a battery, but how about your whole house? Elon Musk’s innovative company Tesla Motors, maker of the popular line of electric vehicles, announced recently, that it will … Continue reading →
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3:25 PM | DNA Barcode Conference Plenary - Louis Bernatchez
Today's DNA Barcoding conference plenary sneak preview comes from a fellow fish researcher who I know since my time as doctoral student. He came as visiting researcher to our lab in Konstanz and shared a lot of his experience in population genetics and the back then brand new methods such as AFLP. Louis Bernatchez is an evolutionary biologist specialised in genomics, conservation, and evolution of fishes in the Department of Biology at Laval University, Québec. He holds a Canadian […]
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2:00 PM | A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’
The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.
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1:47 PM | New Mexico water policy: on muddling through
My former newspaper colleague Win Quigley came over to the UNM Water Resources Program offices the other day to talk to Bruce Thomson and I about central New Mexico’s water problems and the virtue (or inevitability) of muddling through: “We know how to do this. Humans are adaptable,” Fleck said. “When people have less water, ...Continue reading ‘New Mexico water policy: on muddling through’ »
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1:47 PM | From the inbox: NEAT
Just found this letter in my email inbox and thought it is worth to be shared:Dear colleagues and friends, Most of you have already heard about this new academic network on arctic terrestrial/ freshwater arthropods, which we will from now on refer to as:NEAT – NEtwork on Arthropods of the Tundra.It has taken a while to get back to you all. One reason for this is that CBMP – the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program asked us to form the official network on invertebrates […]
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1:00 PM | Solar Eclipse from Stuttgart, Germany
On March 20, 2015, people across Europe, northern and eastern Asia, and northern and western Africa were treated to the best view of a partial solar eclipse. Steven Spence, a member of EH Science’s Contributors Community, was fortunate to witness this special celestial event, and today he shares with us his experience of photographing it. […] The post Solar Eclipse from Stuttgart, Germany appeared first on EH Science.
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8:05 AM | Tough love: hardening off
My new plastic cold frame You can tell it’s March, because the windowsills are full. We moved offices at work, and I had to bring some of my plants home, and now the tender, over-wintered perennials are fighting young seedlings for space. It’s time for some of the hardier specimens to brave the great outdoors, but after a winter indoors they’re a little soft. They need hardening off before they can make it on their own, and there’s still a distinct nip in the air (and […]
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12:41 AM | While you’re waiting for the bus
Stuff worth reading Female amputees grapple with prosthetics for men Good examples of how designing for non “default” identities is good for everyone. A subtle way to over-fit Roxane Gay: Margaret Sanger, a Women’s Fighter – NYTimes.com Nancy Drew and … Continue reading →

March 22, 2015

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9:45 PM | Farmers aren’t the problem
Aaron Citron, with the Environmental Defense Fund, argues that identifying farmers as our water problem – They use 80 percent of our water! – is wrong: [F]armers and ranchers are the original environmentalists, water conservationists and land stewards. They have been, and continue to be, among the first to develop innovative water efficiency solutions, and ...Continue reading ‘Farmers aren’t the problem’ »
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4:30 PM | prostheticknowledge:AscensionArtist Guy Bell has produced a...
prostheticknowledge:AscensionArtist Guy Bell has produced a levitating sculpture based on the iconic ‘All Seeing Eye’ which can look back at you:Part of it was actually constructed by an Prostheticist using [a 3D] stylus pen … The core of it was made using a laser cutter, the interior structure was built using a MakerBot 3-d Printer. It uses LEDs, a specially constructed cooling system and wireless camera/transmitters. More Here Really creepy and cool. Also a bit […]
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3:51 PM | hitrecordjoe:“Neuroscience”
hitrecordjoe:“Neuroscience”
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1:00 PM | Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015
“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create acqua alta (high water) for six days in a row. On day 1, … Continue reading Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015 →
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2:45 AM | a city of questionable allure
There’s a famous 1969 photo by Ernst Haas of Route 66 in Albuquerque, scrubbed by a summer rain, looking east toward the mountains. I’m not smart enough to have been imitating, so this isn’t homage. But if you click on the link (I’m not going to embed the image, respect for copyright) you can see ...Continue reading ‘a city of questionable allure’ »

March 21, 2015

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9:42 PM | mindblowingscience:Changing Neurochemical Balance Makes Us More...
mindblowingscience:Changing Neurochemical Balance Makes Us More CompassionateWhat if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction.A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as […]
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9:01 PM | Sooo, About That “Biodegradable Plastic”A recently published...
Sooo, About That “Biodegradable Plastic”A recently published study found that plastics imbued with chemicals to aid in biodegradability really didn’t do anything, and that the plastics persist just as long as regular ol’ polluting plastics. (x)Of course, the plastics industry blasted the study, and says it was a flawed design (x). Their major complaint is that the additives are supposed to help with “oxo-biodegradation” - that is, degrading when exposed to […]
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6:15 PM | Riled Herpetologists Press Obama Administration to Protect America’s Salamanders from a Fungal Threat
Amphibian experts get righteously riled about the slow-motion federal response to an extreme, and preventable, threat to American wildlife.
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4:30 PM | lol This is definitely one of the best museum jokes I’ve...
lol This is definitely one of the best museum jokes I’ve seen.
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1:50 PM | Huron CA, on the brink of running out of water, shows why “one bucket” solutions to California’s water problems don’t fit
The little town of Huron, California (Fresno County, population 7,000) is on the brink of running out of water. Its plight to illustrates a broader point about “running out of water”. First, its story courtesy of the Central Valley News, which reports that Huron could run out of water by July: Huron, a rural farming ...Continue reading ‘Huron CA, on the brink of running out of water, shows why “one bucket” solutions to California’s water problems don’t […]
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12:15 PM | Frankenjournalism at MSNBC
Two years ago, a bill to label foods that contained genetically engineered ingredients was introduced into Congress by a Democratic representative from Oregon and a Democratic senator from California. It didn't go anywhere, and we haven't heard much about it, though since then proposed mandatory GMO labeling laws in some states have been in the news. As Nathanael Johnson wrote in Grist last year, these initiatives draw media interest, which often helps to educate consumers that are […]
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11:27 AM | Why Some Mushrooms Glow in the Dark
A team of scientists recently created some fake, glowing mushrooms and scattered them in a Brazilian forest in hopes of solving an ancient mystery: Why do some fungi emit light?
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11:00 AM | Top Ten Animals That Can Outrun You
Find out which animals you shouldn't challenge to a footrace!
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8:40 AM | Edible Garden Show 2015
Months ago I booked tickets to this year’s Edible Garden Show, which is happening this weekend at Alexandra Palace in London. (I bought them when there was an offer on, and two tickets cost me about £30.) I took yesterday off to go – but as I haven’t been very well this week I wasn’t sure I would make it. Although I went to the first three shows at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, I didn’t go last year (when I was between gardens) and felt miffed that […]

March 20, 2015

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8:45 PM | Creating a 3D Print global research community
A case study on my use of 3D printing in environmental research: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/it-services/help-guides/Open%20Science%203DP%20Case%20Study.pdf Thanks to Lisa Burns for putting this together.
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7:51 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Are you watching March Madness this weekend? Tournament halftimes are five minutes longer than regular season breaks – the perfect amount of time to read Research Recap! Check out the latest in EPA science (after you refill that chip bowl). Exciting Times for Toxicology: Creating New Predictive Models During the 2015 Society […]
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7:45 PM | By Land and Sea, Curaçao Seeks to Sustain Its Coral Bounty
Young filmmakers examine efforts on Curaçao to sustain the island's coral bounty while enhancing its economy.
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4:30 PM | artandsciencejournal:Rock ‘n’ Roll NatureThere’s a cool...
Blue Ice, Shout Out Louds, 2012. http://tepitome.tumblr.com/post/103180328985 Laser Cut Record, Amanda Ghassaei, 2013. Image by Audrey Love. Years, Bartholomäus Traubeck, 2011, Galerie Lisa Ruyter Vienna, Photo: Andreas Flecklartandsciencejournal:Rock ‘n’ Roll NatureThere’s a cool record out on the market by Swedish group Shout Out Louds. Why is it so cool? It’s made of ice.Bad puns aside, the band’s record, “Blue Ice” (2012) defies expectations […]
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3:35 PM | Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life
Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.
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3:19 PM | The Road to “Genius:” It All Started with Science
By Sherri Hunt When I started at EPA back in 2003, my mentor, Darrell Winner and I, began working with a recently funded grantee of the Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, Tami Bond. She was my first insight into the projects EPA typically funds and we were extremely excited to follow her career […]
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